No matter what you are going through, God is on your side. Isaiah 41:10 says,
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.
God was saying this to his chosen people, Israel, at a time of political unrest and disobedience to God. This message is for us too because we are his chosen people. No matter what you are going through, God is with you.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, encourage each other and build each other up. One of the main ways we do this is by meeting together - at church, youth group and each other's homes. During lockdown we have to be creative about how we encourage each other. Here are some ideas:
Send a hand written letter
Make someone a card
Ring someone and have a chat
Send someone an encouraging text
Share your favourite worship song
Share your favourite Bible verse
Share a good podcast or video
Let me know in the comments if you have any other suggestions how we can encourage each other.
We've just spent another five days in lockdown where I live due to Covid19. It can be a nuisance not being able to go to school or work, not being able to see friends and family and having to wear a mask. It can also be a time to slow down and reflect. I enjoyed a break from makeup, worrying about what to wear and trying to fix my hair. I had time to think about what really matters - Jesus, friends, family and things that transcend our circumstances like peace, love, faith and joy. No matter what happens, I have Jesus.
In 1 Samuel 10:19 God said through the prophet Samuel, I am your God, the one who rescues you from all your troubles and difficulties. If he is your God, he will rescue you from your troubles and difficulties too - it might not happen straight away, it might not even happen in this lifetime, but God promises an eternity with him with no sadness or tears. Revelation 21:4 says, He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more grief or crying or pain. In this lifetime, he promises to be with us in our struggles. Hebrews 13:5 says, For God has said, “I will never leave you; I will never abandon you." I am eternally grateful for this hope and these promises - they help me to be strong in the difficult times.
I'm reading Rachel's book, Girl, Wash Your Face at the moment and I'm loving it.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.